Category Archives: Progressive Sermons

Lectionary Sermon, January 26 2020 on Matthew 4:12-23 (Epiphany 3)

DANGER AHEAD! Although there is no shortage of examples of potential danger in the modern world, there are some situations where unnecessary risk is just plain daft. When we read of a teenager stepping over the warning barrier to be … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for Epiphany 2 January 19, 2020 on John 1:29-42

CHALLENGED BY THE “AHA” MOMENT I was recently asked an intriguing question by a Minister from another Church who was using his long service leave to find out the variety of ways different church congregations round New Zealand were being … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 12 January 2020 on Matthew 3:13-17

BAPTISM CAN BE THE START! Can anyone here remember that, just a few days ago, in a myriad of Churches and religious gatherings around the world, congregations were singing lusty joyous carols. Joy to the world….. Or was it perhaps: … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Epiphany One: January 5 2020 on Matthew 2: 1-12

Returning Home by a Different Path Some parts of the Christmas story are so much part of our culture that they seem embedded in very dubious un-Christian customs. This year in one Christmas cracker, I encountered the following “joke”. ” … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Christmas 1 (29 December 2019) on Matthew 2:13-23

No flight of Fancy You have to hand it to Matthew in the way he follows a sense of wonder for the coming of Jesus with the grimmer bits. First we had the angels, a Virgin Birth and even the … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 22 December 2019 (Advent 4a) on Matthew 1:18-25

Growing Up with Christmas A Christmas card slogan caught my attention. It read “ When you stop believing in Santa, you get socks!” Funny yes, yet there is the underlying thought that “grown up” thinking affects our thinking about the … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 15 December 2019 (Advent 3 A) on Matthew 11:2-11

One significant contrast between many modern Christians and what we know of New Testament stories of followers of Jesus is that all too often these days the emphasis has become centred on what happens in acts of Church worship?  The … Continue reading

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